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Hawke's Bay testing in Texas
« on: August 21, 2021, 06:29:38 PM »
We received a Hawke's Bay MPPT Charge Controller last last week.  And After a bit of an upgrade on our array, Hawke's Bay is doing nicely indeed.  Running 10 panels in a string has yielded 90% energy to the batteries in full sunlight (2070 watts from a 2300 watt setup).  The string has an MPPT voltage around 341 volts, this is not running HB very hard, but newer panels are on the way.  We are looking forward to the increased production out on the farm. 

HB is cool to the touch, this while it is "living" in our unconditioned barn in Hot and Humid Texas.

One or two Beta issues have been found and passed on to the "coordinator". 

All in all first impressions are very positive.  As the software matures, this MPPT charge controller should be very capable.  One of the teasers in the menus is its integration with an inverter.... More to come on that in the future!
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Re: Hawke's Bay testing in Texas
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2021, 07:02:35 PM »
Hi Brian,  Thanks for the HB update.

Looks beautiful,  in every way.

You are off to a great start.

Have fun,  Thanks again,  Vic
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Re: Hawke's Bay testing in Texas
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2021, 02:17:36 PM »
Finding a few more quirks, but I am really impressed with how well HB works.  This is going to change the game.  And with the new barn being built, I see a lot of solar in our future.


Here are the 10 panels flying.
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Re: Hawke's Bay testing in Texas
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2021, 06:27:37 PM »
WOW !  I'll bet you can get some wind coming off that lake .  Hope the mounts can take it, or they will be "Flying".
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Re: Hawke's Bay testing in Texas
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2021, 07:36:38 PM »
The mount will be there for a long time... a long time :)

It has seen several very high wind days, no problems.
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Re: Hawke's Bay testing in Texas
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2021, 10:05:08 AM »
Well I finally got the fan to turn on, almost didn't notice.  It was very quiet. Looking forward to more functionality as soon as new firmware comes out.  It is clear there is a lot of expansion capability planned for this unit. 
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Re: Hawke's Bay testing in Texas
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2021, 10:01:37 PM »
Well I finally got the fan to turn on, almost didn't notice.  It was very quiet. Looking forward to more functionality as soon as new firmware comes out.  It is clear there is a lot of expansion capability planned for this unit.


Hold on to your ear plugs !   It has two (2) speeds I think !

Actually, I don't remember how loud it is ?   Maybe you need to make more power !   :)

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Re: Hawke's Bay testing in Texas
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2021, 09:57:51 PM »
I'm going for more power!  Better panels are in the cards!  I just need to see what fits on the upgraded mount.
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Re: Hawke's Bay testing in Texas
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2021, 07:15:45 PM »
The Boss says I get better panels when I i have a use for the extra energy.  IE when Rosie shows up, I get new panels!!
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Re: Hawke's Bay testing in Texas
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2021, 11:12:35 PM »
The Boss says I get better panels when I i have a use for the extra energy.  IE when Rosie shows up, I get new panels!!

Good reason to wait !

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